Rural Ambassador named at Toowoomba Royal Show

Rural Ambassador named at Toowoomba Royal Show

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Lawrence Sehmish-Lahey was announced as the Darling Downs subchamber rural ambassador at the Toowoomba Royal Show.

Lawrence Sehmish-Lahey was announced as the Darling Downs subchamber rural ambassador at the Toowoomba Royal Show.

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A young Goondiwindi cattleman with a passionate for stud beef has been named as the Darling Downs rural ambassador

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A young Goondiwindi cattleman with a passionate for stud beef has been named as the Darling Downs Sub Chamber Rural Ambassador.

Mr Sehmish-Lahey, 24, got involved in the stud cattle world through showing during his school years and has gone on to be the stud cattle steward of the Goondiwindi Show Society.

But his involvement in the cattle industry started much earlier, with his parents Greg Lahey and Michelle Sehmish-Lahey running a commercial Angus and goat property north east of Goondiwindi.

"That's home, that's our piece of paradise, I love it," he said.

"Mum came from the coast originally and Dad was the farmer and Granddad's only on a block north of us.

"Dad and one of his brothers stayed around home as well so it's quite a family affair. We run the three properties and have a lot of fun doing it."

Mr Sehmish-Lahey first became involved in stewarding at the Goondiwindi Show in 2017.

"I find if you put your hand up and you always offer assistance, it's hard for people to turn down," he said.

"I enjoyed stewarding here in Toowoomba in the stud beef cattle section just as a ring steward and I always assist at the Ekka and Mudgeeraba Show and wherever I can, it's always good fun and simply helping and offering a hand gets you a lot of places. "

Mr Sehmish-Lahey will now go on to represent the Darling Downs at the Ekka in August and said he had already gotten a lot out of his rural ambassador experience.

"The people that you meet here are fantastic," he said

"Everyone comes from a different walk of life ... so it's always good to have some variety.

"I've had the pleasure of witnessing a fair few friends and other colleagues go through the showgirl and rural ambassador programs at the Ekka so I look forward to following in their footsteps and hope that I can do them proud and my family as well."

Portia Baskerville, representing the Toowoomba Show Society, was named as the Darling Downs Sub Chamber Rural Ambassador runner-up.

Darling Downs rural ambassador Lawrence Sehmish-Lahey and runner-up Portia Baskerville.

Darling Downs rural ambassador Lawrence Sehmish-Lahey and runner-up Portia Baskerville.

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